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Rhino calf Kipenzi begins new journey

11 September 2013

Now weighing in at 150kg Werribee Open Range Zoo’s white rhino calf, Kipenzi marked another milestone today when she moved from the vet hospital to a new protected enclosure on the Savannah.

She will now be off public display for a number of months, as she begins the gradual process of learning rhino social skills and being introduced to the rest of the herd.

This process will begin very slowly with protected visual contact with other rhinos.

Today though, Kipenzi was fully occupied with exploring her new surroundings, with lots of new sights and smells to take in.

Our Keepers will continue to feed and care for her in her new off-display enclosure, as she continues on her journey.

Kipenzi means ‘precious one’ in Swahili and with just over 20,000 Southern White Rhinos left in the wild, this calf is very important for the genetics of the rhinoceros population in the region and for the conservation of rhino populations worldwide.